Significantly more non-GMO soybean cultivation in Brazil
That's according to new figures from Brazil's Instituto Soja Livre (ISL). Accordingly, the new season starting in September, will see the area under conventional soybeans reach almost one million hectares. In 2021/2022, the total was 793,000 hectares. In Mato Grosso, Brazil's largest state, which is the main planting region for non-GMO soybeans, production will increase by as much as 34 percent.
Sufficient yields for importers worldwide
According to reports, soybean producers have recognised the demand and potential of non-GMO production worldwide. "Brazilian farmers will grow non-GMO soybeans on a larger acreage that will provide enough tonnage to supply importers worldwide," says César Borges, president of ISL. "We are seeing new players entering the non-GMO market, and large international companies are again investing in non-GMO soybeans," adds ISL colleague Endrigo Dalcin. He cites an export freeze in India related to the Corona pandemic as the current background for the increased demand for Brazilian soy.
Availability and 'non-GMO' production secured
"The development in Brazil is a very good sign that the availability of non-GMO feed will continue, and that it will be regulated through markets worldwide. So 'non-GMO' production is still assured," comments VLOG managing director Alexander Hissting. "It is also interesting that in Brazil, when it comes to the question of the availability of GM-free soy, the Indian export ban is given much more importance than the Ukraine war, which ISL does not even mention."